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Cypress USB controllers stretch from NY to LA and back again

How far would half a billion USB controllers stretch if laid end-to-end? Try from NY City to Los Angeles and back again. That is how many USB controllers Cypress has shipped since their inception of the USB controller product line in 1997. Fueled by growing consumer demand in USB-enabled applications such as mice, keyboards, hubs, media and video players, mobile phones, mass storage (external hard disk drives & enclosures), set top boxes, photo printers and video capture peripherals, Cypress shipped over 130 million USB controllers in 2005, the most in its history, and is already approaching 600 million units shipped from inception to date. This press release in conjunction with our recent article about USB devices reaching 2.8 billion units by 2010 means GetUSB.info we’ll be busy for a while…

Press Release

Cypress Rockets Past Half A Billion USB Controllers Shipped

USB Market Leader Delivers a Record 130 Million Units in 2005 to Eclipse 500 Million Mark; Already Approaching 600 Million

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 9, 2006 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), the market leader in USB, today announced that it has shipped over 500 million USB controllers. The controllers, which began shipping in 1997, are used in a wide array of USB host and peripheral consumer devices. Cypress offers the industry’s most complete portfolio of USB devices, including low-, full-, and high-speed controllers, hosts, hubs, bridges and wireless solutions. Fueled by growing consumer demand in USB-enabled applications such as mice, keyboards, hubs, media and video players, mobile phones, mass storage (external hard disk drives and enclosures), set top boxes, photo printers and video capture peripherals, Cypress shipped over 130 million USB controllers in 2005, the most in its history, and is already approaching 600 million units shipped.

“Cypress has earned its market leadership position in USB by offering an ever-expanding portfolio of controllers and working with customers to help adapt the products to new, innovative applications,” said Steven Larky, managing director for Cypress Semiconductor’s USB product line. “In the past six months alone we have introduced the first MoBL-USB™ product for mobile phones, an automotive infotainment controller, and a device optimized for industrial applications, a clear demonstration of the universal reach of USB.”

Cypress recently announced that it has shipped over twenty million units of its new EZ-USB™ LP family of low-cost, high-speed USB controllers. The new controllers, introduced in April of 2005, take advantage of Cypress’s 0.13-micron C8™ process technology to reduce dynamic and standby power consumption by nearly 50 percent versus leading competitors. EZ-USB LP controllers have been rapidly accepted by applications such as mass storage, docking stations, video capture, mobile phones, media and video players, PC-TV (enabling Digital Video Broadcast TV on PCs) cards and USB “thumb drives.”

About Cypress
Cypress solutions perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar. Leveraging proprietary silicon processes, Cypress’s product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit us at www.cypress.com.

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